The shaken TV chef realised he had better leave Costa Rica

Gordon Ramsay feared for his life while filming a new Channel 4 TV show in Costa Rica

Investigating illegal shark hunting in the country for Gordon’s Shark Bait, the celebrity chef realised he was up against some pretty scary ‘fishermen’.

‘At one point, I managed to shake off the people keeping us away, ran up some stairs to a rooftop and looked down to see thousands of fins, drying on rooftops as far as the eye could see,’ says Gordon, 44.

‘When I got back downstairs, they tipped a barrel of petrol over me.’

Gordon – who narrowly escaped being set on fire – was filming his contribution to Channel 4‘s Big Fish Fight, which also involves Jamie Oliver and Heston Blumenthal.

‘Back at the wharf, there were people pointing rifles at us to stop us filming,’ Gordon tells the Daily Mail.

‘A van pulled up and these seedy characters made us stand against a wall.

‘The police came and advised us to leave the country.

‘They said, “If you set one foot in there, they’ll shoot you.”‘ 

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